Is religion really the "opium of the masses"? Does capitalism "alienate" us from society, from our life-world and even from ourselves? What is "historical materialism"? Karl Marx (1818 - 1883), who spent much of his creative life in London, has given us much to think about: he introduced new concepts, questions and approaches to thinking that continue to haunt us even today: "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." – We will explore Marx's own interpretations of the world, and assess their potential to change our lives.
Please note that the room does have limited capacity, and that people will hear about this event via the Bishopsgate Institute, as well as via Meetup and via the Philosophy for All website and programme. This means that replying "yes" here does not guarantee you a place. We will always try to fit everyone in, but very occasionally, an event is so popular that we have to turn some people away. If lots of people (say, more than 40) have replied "yes" here, it would be a good idea to turn up reasonably early. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.